Region: Germany
Civil rights

Protection for Vaccine Critics From Discrimination

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Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier
1.076 Supporters 1.032 in Germany
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What is the problem?

Vaccine opponents, vaccine critics, vaccine sceptics, vaccine hesitants, vaccine dissenters, anti-vaxxers, vaccine injured, vaccine victims, health advocates - as they are named or call themselves, are people who consciously want to take care of their health without vaccinations. In short, I believe vaccine critics are being slandered in the media in order to systematically marginalize them by all means available.1

Although complementary / alternative medicine is enjoying increasing popularity, public service television and radio are being misused as a platform for abusive "comments" and "satires" to persecute vaccine critics.2 How can I say that? Because by watching or listening I notice myself being manipulated into rejecting vaccine critics as a group.

One day after the first hearing of the Ethics Council on 21.02.2019 the following comment was made by Dr. Ing. Holger Ohmstedt and aired in Tagesschau NDR:

"Declared anti-vaccinators behave like freeloaders, they benefit from the fact that the majority of us vaccinate. Only by this do they reduce their risk to catch bad infections, but they themselves do not want to contribute to this protection. Mandatory vaccination could end such antisocial behavior. But in Germany, it would not be enforceable, and I even fear that radical vaccine opponents would be strengthened by seeing it as a conspiracy between politics and the pharmaceutical industry. Because they trust fake news from the Internet more than they do doctors, who assess the risk low to be damaged by immunization. Their mistrust of vaccination often springs from the same source as their anger at established political parties or the elites who want to poison them while vaccinating with chemicals. Anyone who wants to believe in myths and conspiracies cannot be convinced by scientific arguments. Therefore, public pressure on them must increase. And that's why educational work is so important. Vaccinations are a service to the general public. Not only the victim is protected, but also his surroundings. And just as clearly must be said that vaccine opponents irresponsibly put the health of many people on the line. Health is not exclusively a private matter, something that only concerns doctor and patient. Health is a value in our society - for which everyone should work. "3

Reason

Why this petition? This is incitement! It recalls the beginnings of the persecution of minorities 87 years ago in Germany. Staged bullying and reprisals against dissenters are a no-go and must stop.

THERE ARE NO MANDATORY VACCINATIONS IN GERMANY. Nevertheless, vaccine critics are being given a hard time. From the de facto obligation to vaccinate to get into kindergarden to vaccination propaganda in the media, this is reminiscent of the Nazi dictatorship, which should never be repeated. Nobody seems to be interested in WHY people question vaccinations. Here are some reasons:

1) You or a family member have been harmed by vaccination. 2) After vaccine damage occurs, many sufferers feel abandoned by conventional medicine; they turn to complementary / alternative medicine. 3) Natural remedies have a long tradition and high acceptance in Germany. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homeopathy, was German. 4) Natural healing strengthens the immune system. Vaccinations damage the immune system when they put it into overdrive.4 5) Vaccination critics are educated, well-read and often know more about vaccinations than the doctors who vaccinate. 6) Unvaccinated people pose no risk to vaccinated people.5 7) Unvaccinated children are healthier than vaccinated children.6,7

In summary, vaccine critics have the right to their own opinions. In Germany the law provides for the free choice of therapy / therapist and for vaccine choice. Conventional medicine with vaccinations for the prevention of disease is JUST ONE treatment approach (not the best but the most expensive) among many; a different approach is complementary / alternative medicine, which can provide immune protection without allopathic vaccination.8 No mandate for any medical approach or part of it shall be imposed on people of a different belief. Therefore, vaccine critics need protection from marginalization, discrimination, retaliation, and persecution from the vaccine lobby. Everyone is watching from the sidelines so far. It is time to end this injustice in Germany!

1Martin B. On the Suppression of Vaccination Dissent. Sci Eng Ethics 2015; 21(1):143 - 57. (www.bmartin.cc/pubs/15see.html) www1.wdr.de/mediathek/audio/wdr5/wdr5-satire-deluxe-beitraege/audio-die-masern-vom-impfenhof-100.html 3https://www.daserste.de/information/nachrichten-wetter/ard-sondersendung/videosextern/kommentar-holger-ohmstedt-ndr-ueber-die-impfpflicht-diskussion-102.html 4Tsumiyama K, Miyzaki Y, Shiozawa S. Self-Organized Criticality Theory of Autoimmunity. PLoS ONE 2009; 4(12):e8382. (journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008382) 5https://childrenshealthdefense.org/wp-content/uploads/Harvard-Immunologist-to-Legislators-Unvaccinated-Children-Pose-ZERO-Risk-to-Anyone.pdf 6Glanz JM, Newcomer SR, et al. A Population-Based Cohort Study of Undervaccination in 8 Managed Care Organizations Across the United States. JAMA Pediatr 2013 Mar 1; 167(3): 274 - 81. 7Mawson AR, Ray BD, Bhuiyan AR, Binu J. Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12-year-old U.S. children. Journal of Translational Science 2017, 3(3): 2-12. (oatext.com/pdf/JTS-3-186.pdf) 8https://www.homeopathycenter.org/homeoprophylaxis-human-records-studies-and-trials

Thank you for your support, Candace Cooley from Berlin
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